Category: IT Leadership

How to Improve Software Quality with the 20x20n Digital Transformation Framework
Digital Transformation and the 20x20n Framework: Accelerating Software Delivery with Sustaining Innovation
A Review of 3 Strategic Alliances from MIT Sloan.
Digital Transformation at Scale: The Secret Sauce to Strategic Partnerships
The Hearst Business Media Approach? Eat the Elephant, One Bite at a Time.
How To Manage Software Risk During Mergers and Acquisitions
Organizations continue to measure vendor performance and software products with outdated criteria. As a result, security and efficiency issues abound.
IT Vendor Management: Diagnosing the Relationships Between Healthcare Organizations and Software Vendors
Lessons learned from American Express measuring quality in the software supply chain
IT Vendor Management Trends: Four Unexpected Benefits of Measuring Software Quality
Software Intelligence into the true effort, work and quality delivered by teams and partners should be standardized and consistent for complete transparency.
Why Measurement Matters in Outsourced Application Development
L’ approccio costante alla misurazione come reale contributo all’efficientamento del vendor management
QA Financial Forum - Vendor Risk Management: Nuovi modelli di Benchmark per la Software Quality ed il Pricing
As banks, financial services and insurance organizations increase their reliance on software-based digital capabilities, they have big decisions to make on how they will protect business operations with effective software risk management.
QA Financial Forum Reviews the Impact of New Regulations on Software Risk Management
Last week, CAST attended the Gartner Sourcing Summit in Nashville with more than 800 senior sourcing, procurement and vendor management executives from Fortune 500 companies.
Takeaways from the 2017 Gartner Sourcing Summit

A recurring issue for IT and business management is whether it’s best to build an in-house team or outsource the development of software applications. Some of the biggest factors when contemplating application outsourcing are cost, security and loss of control.

Business agility remains a top priority, but this puts added pressure on teams to move fast, and can sometimes lead to rushed projects and a lack of attention to detail. When in-house teams are under tight deadline restrictions, corners can get cut. In fact, most in the developer community agree that outsourcing is the best way to go for timely and on-budget development projects.

Adding Measurement to Your Application Outsourcing

Last week, CAST, a global leader in software analytics, invited more than 100 IT professionals to participate in a software risk and analytics roundtable in New York, NY. The daylong exchange included CIOs, industry analysts, systems integrators and IT advisory firms. As an outcome of this gathering, CAST published an IT Trends 2016 Report. The following post attempts to capture some of the exchange between participants and key takeaways.

IT Trends 2016: Insights from the CAST CIO and IT Leaders’ Roundtable Discussion

Topping the list of IT Trends 2016 is helping CIOs take advantage of Big Data for themselves, while cutting through the clutter. Accelerating the time from data to decision requires analytics that highlight areas of risk and opportunity in support of business decisions, not technical ones. Proactive, predictive insight arms CIOs with the ability to ask the right questions, to challenge the status quo and surface technical risks that jeopardize revenue, reputation or brand. Real-time solutions that improve the signal-to-noise ratio top the CIO’s wish list for 2016.

IT Trends 2016

Recently, the U.S. government has implemented healthcare reimbursements based on the outcome of medical treatments, rather than a traditional fee-for-service approach.   These performance-based programs are designed to improve healthcare quality while lowering treatment cost.  It’s this outcomes-based approach that Fortune 500 companies are considering as a way of reducing ADM costs while improving software quality.

What Do Software Analytics and Your Doctor Have in Common?

Companies seeking to reduce time to market while improving application quality, today usually choose between assigning application development projects to either in-house teams or outsourced system integrators (SI). However, the cost arbitrage of Global In-House Centers (GIC), better known in the industry as “Captives,” continues to provide advantages in cost competitiveness that cannot be overlooked

5 Keys to Optimizing Cost-Effectiveness of Captives

So, you’re ready to get started on building your own multi-language custom source code analyzer platform using open source components.  Your return estimates are still looking pretty good, even after taking into account the costs in our previous post, “6 Hidden Costs of Building Your Own Multi-Language Code Analyzer Platform”.

Well, we have a quick list of maintenance costs that you may not have considered.  So, before you break ground on that project, see if you thought of all these.

6 Hidden Costs of Maintaining an Open Source Code Analyzer Platform

I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion with Bill Martorelli, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research Inc; Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO of Object Management Group (OMG); Siva Ganesan, VP & Global Head of Assurance Services at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS); and Lev Lesokhin, EVP, Strategy & Market Development at CAST.

Reduce Software Risk through Improved Quality Measures with CAST, TCS and OMG

In my travels, I run into a lot of organizations that are not happy with the performance of their outsourcer. In many cases, the core relationship is the result of a cascade effect. The organization delivered an application that had poor structural quality to begin with, and left the outsourcer with the difficult task of meeting their SLA requirements with a faulty application.

Don’t Blame the Outsourcer

There’s a very old mantra around project quality that says, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

I disagree.

Great Expectations and How to Meet Them

In 1807, French playwright Charles-Guillaume Étienne penned the famous line, “On n'est jamais si bien servi que par soi-même.”

For those who do not speak French, you may recognize this now idiomatic phrase as the oft uttered, “If you want something done right, do it yourself.”

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